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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Antiques, Primitives, Treasures

Good evening all my dear friends.  It feels so good to have a minute to spend with all of you.  Have missed having my door open to you all.  There has been no change, and we began to follow Mother yesterday afternoon on her journey home.  She is resting peacefully and we are assured she will until God calls her home. She does not have to fight any longer.  I am so at peace with that, needless to say, my heart is heavy.
God blessed us all yesterday as she roused up, smiled, laughed a little, and ask Darbee Rae to sing to her.  My precious 3 year old  granddaughter stood on her bed and sang Jesus Loves Me two times to her great grandmother who because of blindness never got to see her darling face.  Darbee's first visit out was to the nursing home when she was 3 days old and has not ever missed a week going to see Mother. Today Mother doesn't know she's in the world.  Keep us in your prayers.

Okay,,, enough said about saddness.  Guess with all the emotions flying lately  in part that is the reason for my post tonight.  Surfing the internet a while back I came across a saying from a person that said they had just found out what antiques were...Someone's junk who thinks they have a treasure.  Did it make me mad?No! Did it hurt my feelings? No! Actually it made me kind of sad.  So many of the younger generation don't care for old things whether they are real antiques or just family treasures handed down thru the years.  I know everyone has a different style of decorationg and I am fine with that.  If everyone loved old, prim, things we would all be suffering because great finds would be few and hard to get. I so respect what one likes and the way one chooses to decorate their homes. 

But have you stopped to think what will happen to your treasures when it's your time to go?  We don't really like to think that and one might say at that point they don't care, but I do.  I am so fortunate to have a daughter who will treasure my family heirlooms and make sure they are to be kept safe within the family.  Her style of decorating is somewhat different from mine, she is younger and a young mother and I respect that.  But she loves family and the stories that go along with precious treasures.

I have a friend in TN, who has little notes tucked away in special places along with priceless treasures from her family.  She took her son thru the house and told him to look in, under , around before throwing out anything.  Now, she has a darling daughter-in-law that shares her love for all things old and I am sure she will always treasure anything for her MIL's  home once that time comes. Just thought I would give you something to think about. (ha)

I do not have many true antiques, but have lots and lots of treasures that may not be worth lots of money, but my heart warms knowing I have them close.
This old HEAVY roll top oak desk was a house warming gift from my parents when we built our house over 35 years ago.  Hubby and I went to an antique shop with Daddy to pick it up thinking all the time he had bought it for himself.  Not until we had it loaded did he tell us it was ours.  How could it ever leave our family?
This was a huge old cabinet taken from the old cotton mill a mile or so away.  Daddy worked there when I was little.  It was so big and Daddy used it in his woodwork shop until he passed.  I had nowhere to put the big cabinet, so Mr.P. made 2 cabinets out of it.  This one sits at our entry and holds our coats, scarves, etc. in the winter months. 
This old pedal sewing machine belonged to my great, great, grandmother.  It needs a belt but still works.  I learned to sew pedaling away on that thing so many years ago I won't even say. It is now retired in my craft room.  Wouldn't you just love to know all the things it has sewed for all those dear old ladies  I know it made my first ever double-knit pantsuit.  As soon as they okayed it to wear pants to school , I was in 9th  grade.
It was an ugly army green and the tunic had to be long enough to cover my backside.  Have you figured out how old I am,,,,(lol) 
You've seen this old door before, but it came from my parents old homeplace.  We were living there when I was born.  Who could part with this special piece of wood?
This is an old oak wardrobe. A birthday gift years ago.It sits in the guest room along with this piece.
Love my old church bench. It came out of a local church, was brown, then white.   Mr. P. was so sweet to strip it out for me and its oak also.  Glad this was done a long time ago,  You loose patience with age, don't know that he would do that again.
This is one of many of the old quilts all quilted by family members who have been gone for many, many years.  Look at the details in this one.  Each little section of the flower garden pattern has been quilted.  Wonder how long that took, and what the conversations were around those quilting frames?  All my quilts are priceless to me.
This old rotating piano stool might not be given a second glance by many, but I had wanted one for years.  This was also my Daddy's.  Can you tell where I got my love for all things old?  The day Daddy had to go to a hospital bed, he gave me this stool.  He knew I had wanted it and making room for the bed he told me to take it on home with me.  The last gift from my Daddy.  Holly will cherish it always.
No where near an antique, but also priceless are these old farm animals that belonged to Mr. P.  His Daddy made the old wood box they are in for him when he was a little boy.  After we were married and his parents were selling the home Mr. P grew up in, he dug these out from under the house where he had played with them the last time many years ago.  They are brittle and you have to be careful, but him and Darbee Rae have enjoyed playing with these several times.  To most, it would be junk, to me,, priceless.

So there you have a few of my priceless items.  I have dishes, dough bowls, and as most of you the list goes on and on.  Visiting some of your blog and seeing all your beautiful antiques pieces I am humbled my little collections.  But all said and done we love what we love.  Just give it a thought and make sure you have someone in your family or a friend who will take your precious treasures and love them after you are gone. 

I have so enjoyed having you over this evening.  Has helped me to think nice thoughts and ease my mind a bit.  Good frineds and good company makes me smile.  Until we talk again........Hugs!


  1. I so enjoyed your post tonight Mama. You know, I never knew the story of the old roll top desk. Funny how I learned something reading your blog. You have NOTHING to worry about. Hopefully by then, I will be able to afford a much larger house, but your treasures will DEFINETELY be my treasures and as much as Darbee Rae loves "prinitive" stores now, I feel like she will treasure them too!

  2. What beautiful things you have Angela ... but more than the things themselves are the beautiful memories that go with them. I think I mentioned once before that my mother was the type to get rid of everything. I have very little that I remember from my childhood ... certainly no furniture, kitchen bowls, etc ... & when she & my dad moved from their home in Pennsylvania (the home I grew up in) my mom had a big yard sale & sold just about everything they had because they were retiring to Florida. She didn't bother to tell me because she didn't think I'd want anything. Sigh! You are lucky to have a daughter who will appreciate these old things. Blessings, Shirlee

  3. Angela I love your treasures. I too have things that are dear to me that are family.Like your Holly,( I have 3 children) they will continue to treasure family pieces. Holly said she learned from your blog, that is so funny, my granddaughter Amanda,Andrew&Mollies mama, said the same thing about mine. Bless you Angela and your family. The hardest thing we have to do sometimes is let someone we love go. Jesus promised not to leave us comfortless.

  4. Angela, writing of your Mother, when mine went on, I told my country Preacher, the only place I could let her go to without me, was on to Jesus. When he did her service, he talked about how just like a ship sailing out, we lose sight of our beloveds on our shore. But on the other side, they're calling about her ship, we see her, she's coming in! Rest in that, and treasure your memories & your collections, you have such beauty to bring you comfort.

  5. Angela,
    Our prayers are with you and your Mom. What a special moment you and Darbie Rae had with her!
    Your treasures are beautiful and the stories make them more special.

  6. What a nice post Angela....I hope that your Mother is at peace and comfortable.

  7. Sweet Angela-
    A very bittersweet post. I continue to pray for your mother and your family's peace and comfort....Your treasures are wonderful....Even more than the beauty of the "things" (and they are truly beautiful in and of themselves and for what they represent historically), you have the added treasure of the memories....I remember when I first fell in love with all things old (at a very, very young age when my father passed and we were forced to sell our family farm at auction and I cried as they sold our "things...") - and again, when I started decorating my home with my "treasures" - my mother lamented why I would want such "old" things - she had never had anything "new" and couldn't understand why I would want anything old. So, the things I have are other people's history - but I love them all the same. My fear, though, is that one day, should I go before my DH, he will sell everything at a rummage sale for $1....(My neighbors are already lining up!!) My only child also doesn't "appreciate" the same things I do at this point either....So consider yourself blessed - in many, many, ways. Darbee's singing to your mother is a precious, precious....Take good care...Sweet Blessings ~ Robin

  8. Hello Friend,
    I love the saying one man's junk is another mans TREASURE better. :)
    But boy are you blessed to have so many treasures to leave with your family.
    What a treasured memory of your precious grandgirl singing JESUS LOVES ME TO YOUR MOM.
    They are the best treasures of all.
    Bear Hug to you Friend!
    Granny Trace


  9. Hi Angela, I loved reading your post. You have some wonderful treasures, the one's with a personal history are always the most special I think.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  10. So nice to have a visit from you today...you will be in my prayers concerning your dear mother...I went through this about ten years ago with my sweet MIL...she was a second mother to me....saying goodbye was so hard and hurtful but,knowing I will see her again brings so much peace and comfort....she had all her children and grand children which,was a lot of souls.. around her bedside when she passed...her last words were..."Jesus you are so beautiful".....what a blessing

    You have some wonderful treasures...thanks so much for sharing....I am in the process of ridding myself of much stuff...but,some things will(a few)stay with me forever or go to my children. Blessings dear friend....

  11. Hi Angela~

    Beautiful pieces & wonderful memories. It's nice to know the pieces that are important to you will be treasured.My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.


  12. Hi Angela: You are so lucky to have so many wonderful family pieces. I especially loved the quilts made by your ancestors. We're never ready to see our parents go on, but what a blessing your mom has lived long enough to know about her great-granddaughter. That had to be such a joy and comfort to your mom. Sending prayers your way. ~Roberta

  13. Hi angela!
    Wish you the best!

  14. Angela I so enjoyed this post .First though please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers .It is a difficult thing to say goodbye but knowing the peace they have makes it more bearable. I love all your treasures and I really love the memories that go along with them.I have often wondered myself how things get tossed out so easily by others.May God Bless and Keep You ,Jen

  15. Glad you are finding peace with your mom's comfort.I'm trying to find that peace myself.I've always thought alot about my treasures I so love, who would get them? Me and Grandma were discussing it the other day in fact.I have some list as well of who should have certain things.History is so important.I don't have alot from our family yet.You are blessed to have the hand me downs that mean so much in your heart.Much better than the antique found in a pricey shop.Prayers and hugs still going out for you!~Amy

  16. What a sweet story about your mom. Again, I am sorry.

    I love your post about your family treasures. I have bits and pieces of my family everywhere. I love decorating with things that my grandmother's used or even wore. I love things that remind me of grandparents in some way or another. They make me happy to look at them.

    I love all of your treasures.